Hey Guys! It’s been almost a month now since the second semester started and we all know that university can be so demanding and stressful. Especially when most of our subjects if not all require our time. Wishing we can divide ourselves just to finish our projects, homework, reports, etc. If there is one thing I have learned in this kind of situation in my past experiences, the best solution I can do is to manage my time properly. The good thing is that I have already had my own guidelines on how should I manage my own time.
Knowing the struggles of a student, I would like to share to everyone how I personally balance/manage my time at school, at home, and at work. Hopefully, you might find this post helpful if you are still struggling to manage your own time. LET’S START…
1. DETERMINE YOUR PRIORITY.
The very first thing I do in order for me to manage my time properly is to know my priorities. These are the things I have to do and need to accomplish for the rest of the day/week/month. I plan my day ahead of time for me not to waste my time and avoid missing an important task or appointment. When determining priorities I consider the following (1) importance, (2) deadlines and (3) level of difficulty of the task.
2. PLOT YOUR SCHEDULE/ MAKE A TO-DO LIST.
Now that I have determined my priorities, I write it down. It is because there is a big possibility that I might forget a task/appointment during a very busy day. So I suggest that you get a planner for you to plot your schedule or just an ordinary notebook where you can write your to-do list. With this, we can avoid future conflict of schedule also to easily adjust our schedule when something unexpected happens.
3. PREPARE YOUR NEEDS AHEAD OF TIME.
“I left my report at home”, “I forgot to bring my assignment”, “I can’t find my ID” and so on…
Sound familiar right? What I do to avoid these situations and of course delays is that I always prepare everything(bags, reports, projects, uniforms, socks, shoes, etc) ahead of time (before I go to bed). I place my things in one place where I can easily see and grab them in the morning. With this, I can also save some time.
4. GET A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP
Aside from preparing my needs ahead of time. I also prepare my body for a busy day ahead. So I make sure to have a good night sleep for 6 to 8 hours. To welcome the day with right energy.
5. BE A TASKMASTER.
Yes you know your priorities, you already have a to-do list and you even prepared everything but you feel like doing nothing on the very day. I don’t know maybe your not in the mood or just being lazy. Aside from wasting everything, your schedule for the next day(s)/ week(s) may be affected. So when you decide to do something stick with it. You will also learn the value of self-discipline.
6. COMMUNICATE YOUR SCHEDULE WITH OTHERS
To avoid conflict or miscommunication, you should also consider others schedule. For instance, you have a group project and so happens that your groupmates have a different schedule. So you have to consider each others schedule and set a date where everyone can be around to plan and help. Also, ask your family member or friends about their future plans (trips, etc) so you can freely adjust your schedule.
7. USE YOUR TIME WISELY.
Time is precious so we should spend it wisely. When you have some free time, use it to do your homework, projects or reports ahead of time. You can also study in advance your lessons or review previous notes. Who knows your professor may give you a surprise exam or surprise oral recitation. Avoid spending too much time on unimportant things.
8. IT’S OKAY TO SAY NO.
A friend/classmate of yours invited you to watch a movie but the thing is you still have to finish your project because tomorrow morning is the deadline.
Will you say YES or will you say NO?
Of course you know what is the right thing to do and that is to say NO. I’m not saying you should not have fun after a stressful day. What I’m saying is that there is always a right time in everything, including having fun. Just simply tell them why you can’t go or reschedule your movie date the day after the deadline when all of you are free from any school responsibilities. It is much better to have fun when you don’t have to worry about anything.
9. IF YOU CAN DO IT TODAY, DO IT.
“I still have time, I will just do it tomorrow” then the next day, you say the same thing or “I’m not in the mood to study right now, I will study tonight instead” yet, you end up not doing so.
When we have too much time we tend to slack around and without realizing we are already running out of time. I, myself is guilty of this. If you can do it today, do it. This will help you avoid cramming on the day of the deadline.
10. TAKE A TIME FOR YOURSELF
Sticking to your plans is truly difficult but at the same time very rewarding. So, celebrate and reward yourself for a job well done. When an exam/project is finally over have fun with your friends, go shopping, go to the movie, or spend some time alone. It is all up to you.
So that’s how I manage my time. How about you guys, how do you manage your time?
Thank you for reading until the end and I hope you learned something from me. Let me know what do you think about today’s post.